Postpartum Depression is depression experienced by a mother following childbirth. PDD affects about 13% of mother’s during the first year postpartum, and can manifest as guilt, anxiety, obsessiveness, exhaustion, apathy, or sadness. Mothers suffering from Postpartum Depression may or may not have difficulty bonding with their infants. PDD is a complication of giving birth…not a character or competency issue!
Postpartum Blues affect most mothers and occur in the first few weeks following birth. These Postpartum Blues are often characterized by symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and crying spells. Fortunately, Postpartum Blues typically remit without intervention
Treatment for Postpartum Depression is available and most often effective. Treatment options for PPD can include individual or family psychotherapy, medication, support groups. A trained therapist can screen you for PPD. If you believe you are suffering from Postpartum Depression, call our office at (757) 827-7707 today to schedule an intake session!
Excerpt from Shelby DeBause, M.A., LMFT
Edited 2017 by Sarah Warner, M.S.